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University of California at Santa Barbara (English and German)
I have earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where I was an editor of the International Law Journal, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I graduated with Distinction in the Major, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and valedictorian of the School of Arts and Humanities. I have extensive experience in journalism and composing in-depth research papers. My specialty and passion is writing!
Throughout my career, I have continually been drawn to teaching, tutoring, and mentoring. I genuinely enjoy helping students, whether they are applying to schools, preparing for tests, needing remediation, or desiring to take their skills and knowledge to the next level. I have tutored and edited for college and graduate school students, professional writers, and academics, as well as elementary school children and illiterate adult students. Each student requires both an intuitive understanding of the learner's difficulties and the application of different strategies, techniques, subject matter knowledge, and sensitivities.
Specifically, I have been an EFL and Disabled Students Program tutor at UCSB, a literacy tutor at a refugee center in Germany, and a private editor for S.J.D. and Ph.D. candidates and fellow writers. I am eager to share my love of learning with you as you achieve your goals. I believe my unique academic, professional, and international experiences can be an asset to you.
My approach is to target the student's immediate problem, but also to teach lifelong academic skills so that he or she will not be forever dependent on a tutor or editor. Particularly in language arts, there are no quick fixes. I can help students achieve that confidence that comes from competence and understanding.
If you would like me to be your tutor, we can meet at a mutually agreed location, and I require 24 hours notice of cancellations.
I am looking forward to working with you! I have earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where I was an editor of the International Law Journal, and a B.A. in English … Read more
As a homeschooling parent, I am so happy to have Cindy as a writing tutor! Writing is so hard to teach properly, but Cindy is very knowledgeable about the best methods, sequence, etc. She is also engaging with my child and obviously really cares about her as a writer and also as a person. She is sensitive to learning differences, and follows a developmentally appropriate approach to writing, building solid foundational skills and confidence. She is very perceptive and adapts the lessons to the particular strengths and weaknesses of each student. I have seen progress with my child's abilities and also with her attitude toward herself as a writer. Highly recommended!
My son was struggling with his essay. Even though he knows something wrong, he doesn't know how to correct it. After the first class, he saw the light, and my son really enjoyed the lesson. Thank you!
Cindy is amazing! Very knowledgeable and helpful with writing/grammar/essay organization! She gave me constructive feedback with my essay and was prompt with her response..I highly recommend her & would use her again in a heartbeat! You Rock!
I believe Cindy is a great teacher. Following are what I have noticed about her. First of all, I can tell that she does very intensive research into the subject that she teaches. This allows her to be extremely thorough.
Secondly, she is a talented teacher in that she gets to know students' abilities, their strengths, weaknesses very easily. This allows her to formulate her teaching plan in a manner that most needs of the students. Lastly, she is able to teach in an encouraging way so much so that my children actually look forward to the tutoring sections.
My daughter told me that 1 1/2 hours of tutoring with you is too short. She really enjoys the way you teach her, and she can't stop talking about how much she learned from you and how great you are. She actually said that she may want to change her major to English because she finds English to be very interesting now!
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I am EFL tutor through the UCSB Department of Linguistics.
J.D., Harvard Law School; practice at U.S. corporate law firm, international law firm in Zurich, Switzerland.
I have a B.A. in English Literature and German Literature from UCSB. I graduated with Distinction in the Major and also as valedictorian. I earned a 5 on the AP Literature exam and received the prestigious NCTE Achievement in Writing Award.